More Resources

As we work with other parents and groups we learn about new organizations and their offerings. We know every family has different needs, we hope some of these are helpful to you. We have not worked with each of these organizations so it is the family’s responsibility to research the links/organizations carefully before utilizing their services.

Inspiration:
Kids with Autism Can – organization that provides hope through website and social events tailored to meet the sensory needs of children with ASD
www.kidswithautismcan.org

Scott James – a young adult with autism sings You Raise Me Up
www.godvine.com
Taylor tells her story about being autistic www.meettaylormorris.com
Autistic photographer shares his world www.msnbc.msn.com



Tutoring:
Experienced at tutoring children on the spectrum. We found them supportive in working with us www.sectutoring.com



Doctors and Dentists
Dr Richard Chaet – providing dental care for children with sensory challenges can be very difficult. He understands the child’s situation and works with family to ensure dental health. www.smilesbyapdo.com
Dr Raun Melmed – providing diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services, developmental pediatrics
www.melmedcenter.com
Dr Daniel Kessler – providing developmental and behavioral pediatrics (private pay)
www.swhd.org



Sports and Exercise
Fitness Propelled – providing structured exercise in small group settings is a niche that Geoff Rubin excels at. He has worked with kids on the spectrum for years creating more confident and healthy adults. www.fitnesspropelled.com
Hubbard Family Swim School – working with differently-abled children to teach swimming www.hubbardswim.com
Scottsdale Martial Arts – individualized instruction for behavioral and learning challenges www.smacus.com
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for People with Disabilities – state of the art fitness center designed for differently-abled individuals. www.ability360.com
Miracle League Baseball – brings children with special needs the opportunity to experience the simple joy of playing baseball. Miracle League



Nutrition
Nutrition ideas for families with children on the spectrum. Nutrition



Arts
Seeds for Autism – MaryAnn LaRoche and other artisans work with young adults on the spectrum to create amazing art in a studio where structure and responsibility are combined with creativity www.seedsforautism.org
Garrison Mais – 13 year old boy with autism creates beautiful whimsical works of art
www.originalsbygarrison.com



On Going Events
Sensory friendly movies – monthly movie where theater provides atmosphere more condusive for children on ASD spectrum. www.autism-society.org
SARRC training – calendar of events with training events listed. SARRC Training




Other Cool Stuff
Creating stories to encourage each individual child. www.personalchildstories.com
Musical groups with the benefit of a music therapist www.azrhythmconnection.com
A great place to donate your musical instruments www.earcandycharities.org
Providers Search – nationwide search engine for doctor, dentist and therapists where you can enter the service you are looking for
www.providerssearch.com
Autism Products – company that sells sensory toys and therapy equipment. Owner is one our community members. Autism Products



Animal Assisted Therapies
AZ Power Paws – providing service dogs for a variety of different needs www.azpowerpaws.org
AZ Goldens – provide service dogs for children with autism www.AzGoldensLLC.com
Hunkapi Horse – provides therapeutic riding www.hunkapi.org
Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch – a whole life residential ranch setting providing services to adults with severe autism www.rmr.org
MacDonalds Ranch – they are not a therapeutic riding center, but since our event they have offered the opportunity for our families to call and stop by so they can experience the ranch setting and sit on a horse if they would like to www.macdonaldsranch.com



Religious Organizations
Joni and Friends – equips churches with information and support regarding differently abled individualswww.joniandfriends.org
MOPS and Moms Next – (not a special needs program) supportive bible based Mom’s groups www.lacasadecristo.com



Counseling
Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services – behavioral evaluations and functional behavioral assessments www.gentrypbs.com
Niraja Patel – Psychiatrist working with children and adults www.valleyfamilypsychiatry.com



Camps
Camp Civitan – offers summer camps for differently-abled individuals, located in Williams, AZ www.campcivitan.org
Joni and Friends – provides family retreats for persons with varied disabilities www.joniandfriends.org
Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for People with Disabilities – will be offering summer programs at their new facility. www.ability360.com
Achievement Therapy – hosting a sensory social camp www.achievementtherapy.com
Music Therapy Matters – Summer Music Therapy Camp www.musictherapy.org
Desert Valley Pediatric – Social Skills Summer Camp www.dvpediatrictherapy.com
SEEDS for Autism – Professional artisans helping others develop life skills.www.seedsforautism.org
BISTA – This program if for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders OR other disabilities or disorders (ages 4-6) .www.bistacenter.org
S.E.E.K. Arizona – is committed to providing superior therapies and direct care services to both children and adults with developmental disabilities, specializing in those on the autism spectrum.
www.seekarizona.org




A company dedicated to creating employment for ASD adults in Denmark has inspired others, including an organization in AZ, to formulate a business around the special talents of ASD adults.
http://www.specialisterne.com/
http://www.specialistpeople.com/